Again its been awhile since I last wrote. Since then life just goes on and on. VA appointments for Dan and just hanging out being retired. I did attend my 50th high school informal class reunion at a local beer joint. A couple of friends talked me into it, otherwise, I never would have gone. I just sat back and was like a big sponge taking it all in. Said hi to lots of people and will admit that I pretty much enjoyed myself while I was there. I didn't go to the dinner/dance or the picnic. I probably won't go to another one. Its just not my thing. Well, maybe. We'll see. :-) Dan's grandson Ryan came to see us. That was fun. His dad John brought him over. He loved riding the quad all over the yard. There was no stopping him. I believe he had a great time..........And Halloween has come and gone. More trick or treaters then normal were out and about. Maybe because it wasn't raining this time.
Here is Ryan riding on the quad
Boy oh boy he had fun!
He is actually taller then me now. Dan's grands are sure growing up fast!
Ryan's dad John and Dan "discussing" stuff.
Me and John
All ready for Halloween
Our indoor greenhouse. lol lol......Dan's two hibiscus will live under the grow light for the winter
Bella chillin' up on her perch. Did you all really think that Bella wouldn't show up on this blog entry? LOL LOL
We always keep fresh water out for the animals
One of Dan's hibiscus
This is what Bella does to me every morning
This is about as artistic as I get. They looked OK but I didn't clean them out very good inside. I learned that my hands and arms just are not as strong as they used to be and they got sore trying to scrape out all the pumpkin stuff.
The "Christine" plants in the yard are still blooming. Pretty, pretty flower. (Hollyhocks)
Since I wrote last I've been hurricane watching. Hurricane Irma. Stupid hurricane anyway covering all of Florida. My oldest son Michael lives in Tallahassee and did a voluntary evacuation because he lives in a mobile home. Better safe then sorry. He headed north and ended up in Knoxville, TN where he was able to stay with a friend. Along the way he was looking for a motel room and everything was booked because of all the people fleeing from Florida. He lucked out when a motel had a cancellation and he jumped right on that. Only for one night but that was OK because he had a destination. Scary stuff. When he came back home he was happy to see that he didn't receive any damage and was able to get back to normal life. I do not like hurricane season. I lived in Georgia for 4 years when I worked at Kings Bay. Nope. No hurricane season for me...........We actually had a day of rain yesterday. It hasn't rained all summer and everything is dry and brown. Bella still went out for awhile. Rain isn't gonna stop her............Dan has been doing cleanup on our rig. About a week ago, he was on top cleaning all the fantastic fan vents and screens. And he finished up the second coat of yellow paint on our shed.
This will be one of the last blooms on Dan's hibiscus. Besides the squirrels loving the buds, the plant will soon go dormant for about 6 months or so.
One of the last blooms on the Hollyhock, our "Christine plant" too.
My youngest son Jason and his girl Jenny bought me this t-shirt when they went camping in Leavenworth, WA.....I love it! The people at my eye doc appointment took the picture. They loved it too!
And, here is how Bella and Tucker roll in the rain. Bella is used to the umbrella and runs to get under it. This is Tucker's first time under it. He was quite skeptical at first but decided it was OK when he seen Bella was under it. It was raining lightly at first, but when the rain was hitting the umbrella pretty hard, it was noisy and spooked Tucker, so he ran. Bella doesn't care. Tucker eventually came back to sit under it later.
Normal everyday stuff happening here. Today as I write this entry, the sky is overcast, gray, and lightly misting. Been quite awhile since we seen any moisture. Good thing we picked blackberries yesterday. They were SO ready to be picked and if we had not picked, today they would have been ruined by the moisture. Dan's daughter Audrey and her kids were here and helped us pick 3 1/2 gallons. She took a couple of gallons of blackberries and about 1/2 a quart of blueberries home with her.
Here is Tucker just chillin'. He is very good at doing that. Sometimes we wish Bella would chill more. Shes SO active!
Dan taped off 2 sides of the shed and gave them another coat of paint. 2 more sides yet to paint. The shed is looking good.
We had a solar eclipse on August 21st. 90% covered. I made us each a box in which to view the eclipse. Worked out real good. My sister and her daughter Tonya came home from being at the planetarium in Bremerton with some special glasses, so we were able to look right at the eclipse. It was too cool. When the sun was covered, we both felt a chill in the air. What a strange feeling that was. And, of course, it was darker outside. I'm so glad we got to experience this.
I was able to take a picture with my phone after the eclipse was over. I caught Venus off to the right of the sun.
As. you can tell, its getting close to football season again. OK. Whatever floats your boat. I personally don't enjoy watching a football game, although I am happy that the Seahawks win. Dan bought this neon Seahawk light for my sister Christine. It now lives in her front window of the house.
This is what it looks like when one of the apple trees bares fruit and its all bad. The tree is probably 70 to 75 years old and it just doesn't work for the apples anymore. I think Dan is gonna try and prune the trees in the orchard and see if they will make a "come back". The apples will be dumped in the woods in the background of the picture.
This is the sign I had put up in front our rig in the desert in Quartzsite. The desert is HUGE but people still sped by our rig on their ATV's not watching for Bella and throwing up lots of dust. I decided to put my old sign up in the shared driveway by our rig which sits next to my sister's house. And even made a new sign to go with the old. So far it has slowed down the UPS, FEDEX, other delivery drivers, pizza guy, and anyone else who comes down the driveway that doesn't live in the two back houses. Good idea Patty! :-)
Its been a very long time since I wrote. We are in quite a long dry spell here in Bremerton. Everything is dry and brown. Because of all the awful fires up north in British Columbia, we seem to be in a smokey haze. Thank goodness it doesn't bother me or Dan, but the air quality sure is bothering people with asthma and things like that. I hope the firefighters can get all the fires out soon. I guess my blog entry this time will just be pictures of life.
I went to a baby shower and had a good time. This is my great nephew Gabe. He lives in Montana.
Dan took the bike out of our storage shed and was making it pretty. We sold it to his daughter but it still lives with us. He couldn't resist taking it for a spin. The bike has straight pipes, so I could hear everywhere he went as he stayed within about 6 or 7 blocks from our 5th wheel. When the bike traveled with us I used to warn the neighbors in the RV parks we were staying at that he was gonna fire up the bike. I didn't want anyone to choke on their toast or wet their pants. lol lol....Mostly I said something to them because most of them had yippy dogs and didn't wanna scare them and set them all to barking and barking and yipping and barking. lol lol.........OK. I warned them out of common courtesy. I was being polite. :-)
Here is Bella doing her "Bella thing". Patiently stalking birds or mice.
Some of the Hollyhocks in the yard, aka, the Christine plant after my sister. She brought the plant home when she was very young and it blooms every year.
My tiny crowded garden. I should have spread the plants out but I didn't. I was lazy.
It has been rather hot here during our dry spell and sometimes the heat has gotten to Bella. Our normally VERY active cat has been taking small cat naps during her outdoor time.
Tucker doesn't much like the heat either with all his fur, but he is pretty laid back and has no problem chillin' all the time.
The neighborhood had a fire. Second time for this place. Arson. This place is located on the other side of the apartments that are next to the house. I hate fire. http://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2017/08/04/early-morning-fire-destroys-east-bremerton-home/540395001/
Just a silly picture. My oldest son Michael gave me a Mother's Day gift in May. This balloon is still has some helium, so its just been hanging around for awhile. I'll let it float as long as it wants. LOL LOL